Fort Worth Stockyards - Page 2
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The Western theme reigns throughout the 30-plus shops and restaurants in the marketplace. And a Western-themed amusement park is adjacent to the Station, offering fun rides for kids. No visit to the Stockyards is complete without a horseback ride. Try your skills on horse by taking a gentle trail ride along the banks of the Trinity River. Rides depart from Stockyards Stables.
The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, located in the Stockyards’ original mule barns, pays tribute to the cowboys and cowgirls of the Lone Star State. The museum also features the Sterquell Wagon Collection of over 60 authentic wagons, plus several others acquired for display, and the John Justin Trail of Fame.
Named after the myriad rail lines extending from downtown Fort Worth, the Tarantula Excursion Train, with its 1880s steam engine “Puffy,” makes a daily round-trip from Grapevine and cross-city trips into Stockyards Station from its Eighth Avenue depot.
Billy Bob’s Texas, known internationally as the “World’s Largest Honky-Tonk,” features the best in country music entertainment nightly, and live indoor bull-riding each weekend. The Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music have both honored Billy Bob’s Texas several times with the distinction of “Club of the Year.”
Lawyers, cattle brokers, marketing firms, an art gallery, the North Fort Worth Historical Society and the Stockyards Collection & Museum occupy the Spanish-style Livestock Exchange Building. Livestock auctions are still held here, although now entire herds of cattle are bought and sold by satellite in keeping with today’s technology.
In June 1999 the Stockyards launched yet another unmistakable attraction - the Fort Worth Herd - to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary celebration. A herd of live Texas longhorns makes its home right in the Stockyards, tended by real cowhands, and is driven down Exchange Avenue twice a day for tourists and locals alike to enjoy.
It’s all a happy reminder that the Old West - its lifestyle, culture and spirit - is thriving in the Stockyards National Historic District.
The information in this report is provided courtesy of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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